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Messy May No. 1

30 Messy Artists

Messy May No. 1

Messy May is for you, exactly as you are right now.

For one month, you are challenged to create daily-ish*.

That's right, daily-ish*.

This is a free challenge where above all, it's totally okay if you miss a day.

It's a challenge where if you complete even one out of the 31 challenges, we'll be celebrating.

This is a challenge for the mess makers and recovering perfectionists. It's for those who miss their creative practice, want to jump start it, or are absolutely rocking one.

Each day for the month of May, a different artist shares a prompt for you to create from as well as their interpretation of it.


More diaries have been killed by the idea that a diary must be written in daily than by any other single thing. Why? It feels like homework.

– Alexandra Johnson in Leaving a Trace


1. Bring your messy self – As imperfect as you are and as glorious as you are. Your whole-ass messy self. Remember that “get messy” is an invitation.

2. Take what YOU need – No such thing as being behind

3. More than zero is enough – All art that you create is enough. 


Class Lessons

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    Day 01 : Starting with Caylee
  2. Mm showup 02
    Day 02 : Showing Up with Caylee
  3. Mm showup 03
    Day 03 : Happy with Michelle
  4. Mm showup 04
    Day 04 : Adventure with Claudette
  5. Mm showup 05
    Day 05 : Courage with Mou
  6. Mm showup 06
    Day 06 : Freedom with Felicitas
  7. Mm showup 07
    Day 07 : Cultivation with Kellee
  8. Mm showup 08
    Day 08 : Mess with Lizzie
  9. Mm showup 09
    Day 09 : Spark with Lynissa
  10. Mm showup 10
    Day 10 : Connection with Johanna
  11. Mm showup 11
    Day 11 : Imperfection with Iris
  12. Mm showup 12
    Day 12 : Habit with Amanda
  13. Mm showup 13
    Day 13 : Home with Shemi
  14. Mm showup 14
    Day 14 : Kindness with Helen
  15. Mm showup 15
    Day 15 : Flow with Brooke
  16. Mm showup 16
    Day 16 : Belonging with Meg
  17. Mm showup 17
    Day 17 : Yes with Essie
  18. Mm showup 18
    Day 18 : Documenting with Abbey
  19. Mm showup 19
    Day 19 : Less with Sarah
  20. Mm showup 20
    Day 20 : Nature with Katie
  21. Mm showup 21
    Day 21 : Words with Tiffany
  22. Mm showup 22
    Day 22 : Love with Debbie
  23. Mm showup 23
    Day 23 : Contrast with Kristy
  24. Mm showup 24
    Day 24 : Magic with Vanessa
  25. Mm showup 25
    Day 25 : Bloom with Camila
  26. Mm showup 26
    Day 26 : Failure with Sasha
  27. Mm showup 27
    Day 27 : Mindfulness with Meghan
  28. Mm showup 28
    Day 28 : Self with Tina
  29. Mm showup 29
    Day 29 : Serenity with Caylee
  30. Mm showup 30
    Day 30 : Awe with Wendy
  31. Mm showup 31
    Day 31 : Celebration with Caylee
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Messy Collaboration

We call ourselves Messians. We’ve held solo and group gallery shows, published books, been in magazines and actual newspapers, created online art schools (and art communities of our own), been featured by Instagram, led retreats, sold our art, collaborated with other artists, quit our job for art, and taught art live.

Mainly, we’ve created a LOT of art.

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Essie Ruth

Essie (she/her) is an artist and writer who works with a broad range of media to explore ideas of identity, family, love, grief, trauma, and social justice. Her writing and her visual art inform each other, and are in constant dialogue in her journals which hold a constantly fluctuating mix of story telling, reflection, catharsis, and imagination. She has one wife, one son, two cats, eighteen tattoos, and approximately two hundred rolls of washi tape.

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Tiffany Julia

Tiffany Julia is an artist of many trades living in New York City with an absolute passion for documenting her everyday life. She enjoys keeping little handmade A6 journals that combine her love of art journaling, junk journaling, and memory keeping, with pages and pages filled with writing. She believes as long as you’re honoring your story, there’s no wrong way to journal.

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Kellee Wynne

Kellee, Artist, Mentor, and Your Creative Guide.

After teaching more than 10,000 students in her online courses and in-person, Kellee has come to see that what her students really crave is permission to enjoy the process and create without fear. She is passionate about helping you find your own voice and your place in this wide world through expressing yourself creatively. Kellee Wynne is the founder of Color Crush Creative and author of the art book “Mixed Media Color Studio” which dives into her Modern Color Theory ideas. Find her on her podcast - UNFOLD with Kellee Wynne.

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Johanna Clough

Johanna is a mother of 3 who is inspired to document her life (and her children's). She makes her own journals and avidly fills them with celebrations of every-day moments.

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Mou Saha

Mou is an artist, author, teacher and speaker. She has been published over 800 times in print media, appeared on PBS TV shows and taught workshops around the States, in Europe and online for Creativebug under JoAnn, Etc., Big Picture Classes, Michael's, Get Messy and many more. Mou's background as clinical psychologist fuels her ongoing quest for wellness through daily creative and spiritual practices. She has represented brands like Faber-Castell, Anna Griffin, Sizzix Ellison USA, etc. and been a freelance writer since 2005. Mou is a mom of three humans and one canine and lives in New Jersey, USA.

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Tina Aszmus

Tina is the illustrator and memory keeper behind LifeLovePaper. She resides in Alaska with her husband Jeff, her son, Tyler and her furry friends Emmy and Ollie. When she's not creating or drawing, she's out thrifting and enjoying the outdoors.

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Debbie Barish

Dr. Debbie Barish is a nurse practitioner in Berkeley, California, providing sexual and reproductive health care for almost 30 years. She began art journaling 6 years ago with no prior art practice, and it changed her life. She lives with her family, works part-time, and art journals every single day.

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Lynissa Hayes

Lynissa is currently a high school English teacher and fun-loving artist living in Houston, Texas. She uses her creativity to freely communicate her ideas, faith, and voice to her community. Art journaling has become a creative practice and outlet and her journals are a reflection of her many creative pursuits over the years including painting, photography, paper crafting, mixed media, and more.

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Abbey Sy

Abbey Sy is an artist, author and creator based in Berlin, Germany.

Throughout her creative career, she has worked on freelance projects, has written and illustrated best-selling books such as The ABCs of Hand Lettering, The ABCs of Journaling, and Always Be Creating: A Field Guide To Living a Creative Life. Her first international title, Hand Lettering A to Z, has been translated to nine languages. Her new book, The Art of the Travel Journal, is now available.

She has given two TEDx talks, spoken in Graphika Manila, and facilitated workshops on creativity and making things happen. Currently, she shares her love for journaling through her creative community on Patreon, YouTube, and Instagram. With her Always be Creating mantra, she hopes to inspire others to unlock their creative potential and move forward with their creative journey.

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Amanda Trought

Amanda is a Mixed Media Artist who loves to create. She uses a range of supplies and materials, from Art Journaling, Sculpture, working with fabrics and more! Amanda feels that it is important to spend time daily in your creative practice and she also teaches art and creativity and has her own course platform encouraging the use of art in our day to day.

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Brooke Gorrell-Beaudoin

Brooke is an artistic crafty queen from Canada. She lives with her husband, 3 cats, and blue staffy in a small town on the prairies where she has converted a spare bedroom into her cozy studio. She started out scrapbooking as a pre-teen and has been playing with paper ever since!

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Camila Garcia

Camila is a self-taught mixed media artist based in Lisbon with a passion for all things botanical. She explores floral motives using watercolours, inks, and pens, both in her art journals as well as in her layered collage bouquets.

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Felicitas Mayer

Felicitas specializes in documenting bits from everyday life through the lens of openness, self-care and gratitude, combined with her passion for all things color and design. She calls her approach to modern-day memory keeping & art making Making Mundane Magic.

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Helen Colebrook

Helen is an author, online teacher and blogger. She loves sharing her passion for creative journaling and aims to help inspire others on their journaling journey too. Helen uses a wide range of techniques, but purpose, gratitude and self-expression are always at the heart of her work.

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Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Iris is a Dutch mixed media artist, teacher & vlogger based in London, UK. She is passionate about art and art journaling for self-expression and self-discovery. Online Iris loves to share her art, outlook and creative life through pictures, writing & videos, which she hopes will inspire those on a similar journey!

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Kristy Kensinger

Kristy’s travels and experiences have a large impact on her artwork. When not on the go, she finds herself continually researching different cultures. The textiles, patterns, cuisine, and artisans worldwide inspire her artwork and teaching. She love the lessons and unpredictability that travel brings to life. Based in Colorado, she began her career as a freelance graphic designer and transitioned back to her art and teaching. When not creating, you can find her chasing her two kids outside, going on field trips, practicing yoga, or seeking adventure in travel.

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Lizzie Larock

Lizzie is a coach, podcaster, and creator of the popular online and “in the wild” program, the Life Feast. Through her lively mashup of positive-psychology and creative iPhone photography, she helps people find their spark, get out of their own way, smack down their inner critic and find more joy, all while making it feel like a playful adventure. When Lizzie is not leading workshops or coaching clients, you can find her taking photos, sipping tea, hanging with her twins or performing her parodied mom life to 80’s rock songs for her favorite theatre group.

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Meghan Deinhard

Meghan is happily retired after a career as an analyst in the field of education. She spends her days exploring art and spirit in her mountain studio, taking breaks to walk with her cat in their ever changing Idaho woodland. Family and friends are important and she loves to make art while she Zooms with her granddaughters, or her art-ner Traci.

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Michelle Schratz

Michelle is a mixed media artist with a strong passion for art journaling

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Shemi Dixon

Shemi is a woman of many interests: a mixed media artist, Abstract painter, altered art artist, and an art journaler.Shemi believes every person is creative and an artist at heart. Shemi owns an online art business, teaches art workshops, online classes, and creates weekly tutorials on YouTube.

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Wendy Solganik

Wendy Solganik, aka “Willa.wanders” on Instagram, is a life long artist and crafter, currently working in handmade books, mixed media art, collage, handlettering and watercolor. From production wheel pottery to scrapbooking to knitting and so many more passions, Wendy always dives deep to master a craft. After a fifteen year stint as the co-owner of Luscious Verde Cards, a successful, award-winning, custom invitation manufacturing company, you can find Wendy at home in her art studio. Crafting and creating online art class experiences for students all over the world is her current passion. You just never know where she will wander to next!

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Caylee Grey

Hyperbolic journaler and imperfect artist, Caylee Grey is also a wife and mother from South Africa. Caylee is the Fairy Artmother of the Get Messy art journal community, book, and art supplies brand. She has sworn an oath to embrace the messy middle and believes that more than zero is enough.

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Katie Smith

Katie is an artist who enjoys experimenting with many mediums on journals and canvases, including markers, watercolors, mixed media, and oil paints. She learns as she paints and enjoys the process as much as the finished art.

Katie’s paintings will transform you into another world through her personal style, vibrant colors, use of nature themes, and surreal, magical vibes.

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Sarah Rondon

Living just north of New York City, Sarah is curious about art. Curious about color, pattern, images and how she can play them off each other.

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Sasha Zeen

Sasha is an artist from Ukraine currently residing in Poland. She has been part of the Get Messy community since 2016 and is currently Get Messy Instagram Cheerleader. She is the one you chat to in the comments and DMs here. 👋😊

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Claudette Hasenjager

Claudette Hasenjager is a mixed-media artist living in sunny South Africa. She firmly believes that art has the power to heal and nurture the soul. Her art reflects the many facets of her inner landscape and gives expression to her multi-passionate personality. It is this deep calling from within that has fueled her passion for exploring various forms of creative expression. Through her art and her creative process, she strives to inspire others to heed the call of their own unique creative yearning, free their artist soul, and find comfort and healing through developing their own art practice.

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Meg is a twenty-something art and junk journal lover who is obsessed with florals. She hosts the month-long prompt challenges #JunkJournalJanuary and #JunkJournalJuly on Instagram. She loves reading, cats, crochet, and a nice cup of tea.

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Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

Vanessa is a Canadian artist who lives abroad. This has lead her to explore art as a way of connecting and engaging with the world. She loves to share what she learns in classes that speak directly from the heart.

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Digital Ephemera once a month
Access to sneaks & deals
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